Yani Tseng

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Yani Tseng
— Golfer —
2011 Women's British Open - Tseng Yani (7) cropped.jpg
Tseng with the 2011 Women's British Open trophy
Personal information
Full name Yani Tseng
Born (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 25)
Gueishan, Taoyuan, Republic of China
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Republic of China
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour
(joined 2008)
Former tour(s) Ladies Asian Golf Tour
(joined 2007)
Professional wins 27
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 15
Ladies European Tour 6
Ladies Asian Golf Tour 3
ALPG Tour 3
Other 5
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 5)
Kraft Nabisco C'ship Won: 2010
LPGA Championship Won: 2008, 2011
U.S. Women's Open T10: 2010
Women's British Open Won: 2010, 2011
The Evian Championship CUT: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2008
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
2010, 2011
LPGA Vare Trophy 2011
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
2011
GWAA
Female Player of the Year
2010,[1] 2011[2]
Yani Tseng
Chinese 曾雅妮

Yani Tseng (Chinese: 曾雅妮 Zēng Yǎní; born 23 January 1989) is a Taiwanese professional golfer playing on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She is the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships[3] and was ranked number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

Tseng was the top-ranked amateur in Taiwan from 2004 to 2006. The highlight of her amateur career was winning the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, defeating Michelle Wie in the final, 1 up.[5] Her amateur accomplishments include:

Professional career[edit]

2007[edit]

Tseng turned professional in January 2007. That year she competed on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and won the DLF Women's Indian Open. She also competed on the CN Canadian Women's Tour where she won the CN Canadian Women's Tour at Vancouver Golf Club.

2008[edit]

Tseng entered the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2007 and finished sixth in the final Qualifying Tournament in December which gave Tseng full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2008.[6] In June 2008, she claimed her first LPGA tour victory at the LPGA Championship to become the first player from Taiwan to win an LPGA major championship. At age 19, she was also the youngest player to win the LPGA Championship and the second-youngest player to win an LPGA major.[7]

Tseng was named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2008.[8]

2009[edit]

On 29 March 2009, Tseng became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings. She achieved this mark in 32 events, spanning one year, one month, and 13 days. The previous record holder was Paula Creamer who reached the mark in one year, four months, and 15 days in 2006.[9]

2010[edit]

On 4 April 2010, Tseng won the first major championship of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, by one stroke. She went on to win her second major of the year on 1 August 2010 by winning the Women's British Open by one stroke and became the youngest woman in the modern era to win three major championships. LPGA founder Patty Berg was younger than Tseng when she won the 1939 Titleholders Championship.[10] However, that was before the formation of the LPGA Tour in 1950 and the designation of official LPGA major tournaments.

In September 2010, Tseng was offered a five-year sponsorship deal from a Chinese company worth NT$1 billion (US$25 million) with access to a luxury villa and private jets. Tseng rejected the offer because it required she switch her citizenship from Republic of China to China.[11][12]

2011[edit]

In January 2011, Tseng defended her title at the Taifong Ladies Open on the LPGA of Taiwan Tour. Three weeks later she won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and a week later the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters, both events co-sponsored by the ALPG Tour and the Ladies European Tour. Her wins moved her into the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She won again the next week in the first tournament of the LPGA season, the Honda LPGA Thailand.[13]

In June 2011, she won the LPGA State Farm Classic over Cristie Kerr by three strokes. Two weeks later, she won the LPGA Championship. This made her the youngest player to win four LPGA majors.[14] The next month she defended her title at the Women's British Open, becoming the first defending champion winner at the Women's British Open as a major. Her five major titles also made her the youngest player, male or female, to win five major championships.[15][16][17]

Tseng won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year for a second straight year.[18] She wrapped up the award while the season still had four events remaining.

2012[edit]

Tseng won three of the first five events on the 2012 LPGA Tour: the Honda LPGA Thailand, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and the Kia Classic. The Honda LPGA Thailand victory was her second consecutive win at that event.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Since March 2012, Tseng has been four points away from qualifying for the World Golf Hall of Fame via the LPGA points system, which requires 27 points for Hall of Fame eligibility.[19] Tseng earned one point for each regular tour victory on the LPGA Tour and two points for every major championship victory.[19] She also earned a point each for her two Rolex LPGA Player of the Year awards and one point for winning the Vare Trophy.[19] If she accumulates the required 27 points before her tenth season on the LPGA Tour, she will have to wait until the tenth year to gain full Hall of Fame eligibility.[19] Lastly, Tseng has already met the No. 2 requirement by winning one LPGA major, Vare Trophy, or Rolex award.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Tseng's father is Mao Hsin Tseng and her mother is Yu-Yun Yang.[20]

Tseng resides in a residential community at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida, in a house that she purchased from former LPGA player Annika Sörenstam in April 2009.[21]

Tseng was named on Time Magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012."[22]

Professional wins (27)[edit]

LPGA Tour (15)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1 8 Jun 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship 73-70-65-68=276 −12 Playoff Sweden Maria Hjorth 300,000
2 24 May 2009 LPGA Corning Classic 68-70-62-67=267 −21 1 stroke South Korea Kang Soo-Yun
United States Paula Creamer
225,000
3 4 Apr 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship 69-71-67-68=275 −13 1 stroke Norway Suzann Pettersen 300,000
4 1 Aug 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open 68-68-68-73=277 −11 1 stroke Australia Katherine Hull 408,714
5 12 Sep 2010 P&G NW Arkansas Championship 67-68-65=200 −13 1 stroke United States Michelle Wie 300,000
6 20 Feb 2011 Honda LPGA Thailand 66-71-70-66=273 −15 5 strokes United States Michelle Wie 217,500
7 12 Jun 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic 67-66-66-68=267 −21 3 strokes United States Cristie Kerr 255,000
8 26 Jun 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship 66-70-67-66=269 −19 10 strokes United States Morgan Pressel 375,000
9 31 Jul 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open 71-66-66-69=272 −16 4 strokes United States Brittany Lang 392,133
10 11 Sep 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 66-67-68=201 −13 Playoff South Korea Amy Yang 300,000
11 9 Oct 2011 LPGA Hana Bank Championship 65-70-67=202 −14 1 stroke South Korea Choi Na-Yeon 270,000
12 23 Oct 2011 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship 68-71-67-66=272 −16 5 strokes South Korea Amy Yang
Spain Azahara Muñoz
300,000
13 19 Feb 2012 Honda LPGA Thailand 73-65-65-66=269 −19 1 stroke Japan Ai Miyazato 225,000
14 18 Mar 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup 65-70-67-68=270 −18 1 stroke South Korea Choi Na-Yeon
Japan Ai Miyazato
225,000
15 25 Mar 2012 Kia Classic 67-68-69-70=274 −14 6 strokes South Korea Sun-Young Yoo 255,000

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

LPGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship SwedenMaria Hjorth Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
2 2008 State Farm Classic South Korea Ji-Young Oh Lost to par on first extra hole
3 2011 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship South Korea Amy Yang Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (12)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 3 Mar 2007 DLF Women's Indian Open (LAGT)[23] 70-70-75=215 −1 Playoff Thailand Russy Gulyanamitta
2 11 Apr 2007 TLPGA Tour Nan-Fong Tournament at Nan-Fong Golf Club
(Taiwan LPGA Tour)
72-68=140 −4 Playoff Taiwan Yueh-Chyn Huang
3 29 May 2007 CN Canadian Women's Tour at Vancouver Golf Club
(CN Canadian Women’s Tour)
68-72=140 −4 2 strokes Canada Stephanie Sherlock
4 12 Jan 2008 Royal Ladies Open (The LPGA of Taiwan)[24] 66-64-66=196 −20 17 strokes South Korea Lee Eun-Kyoung
Thailand Pornanong Phatlum
5 17 Jan 2010 Taifong Ladies Open (The LPGA of Taiwan)[25] 69-73-77=219 +3 4 strokes Taiwan Wei Yun Jye
6 12 Mar 2010 Handa Women's Australian Open (ALPG Tour, LET) 74-71-72-66=283 −9 3 strokes England Laura Davies
7 16 Jan 2011 Taifong Ladies Open (LAGT, The LPGA of Taiwan)[26] 77-73-68=218 +2 3 strokes South Korea Nam Min-ji
8 6 Feb 2011 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (ALPG, LET) 70-67-68-71=276 −16 7 strokes South Korea Eun-Hee Ji
England Melissa Reid
South Korea Jiyai Shin
9 13 Feb 2011 ANZ RACV Ladies Masters (ALPG, LET) 67-66-63-68=264 −24 4 strokes Australia Nikki Campbell
United States Stacy Lewis
10 30 Oct 2011 Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open (LAGT, LET) 68-66-66=200 −16 7 strokes Sweden Pernilla Lindberg
11 11 Dec 2011 Swinging Skirts TLPGA Invitational (The LPGA of Taiwan) 72-70-68=210 −6 7 strokes South Korea Ryu So-Yeon
South Korea Jiyai Shin
12 26 Jan 2014 Taifong Ladies Open (The LPGA of Taiwan)[27] 73-72-70=215 −1 2 strokes Taiwan Yen Ling Pan

Major championships[edit]

Wins (5)[edit]

No. Year Championship Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 2008 LPGA Championship 73-70-65-68=276 −12 Playoff 1 Sweden Maria Hjorth 300,000
2 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship 69-71-67-68=275 −13 1 stroke Norway Suzann Pettersen 300,000
3 2010 Women's British Open 68-68-68-73=277 −11 1 stroke Australia Katherine Hull 408,714
4 2011 LPGA Championship (2) 66-70-67-66=269 −19 10 strokes United States Morgan Pressel 375,000
5 2011 Women's British Open (2) 71-66-66-69=272 −16 4 strokes United States Brittany Lang 392,133

1 Defeated Hjorth with birdie on fourth extra hole.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP T21 T17 1 2 3 T48 CUT
LPGA Championship DNP DNP 1 T23 T19 1 T59 T19
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP T42 CUT T10 T15 T50 CUT
Women's British Open DNP DNP 2 T20 1 1 T26 CUT
The Evian Championship ^ CUT

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 1 1 1 3 3 5 7 6
LPGA Championship 2 0 0 2 2 5 6 6
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 4
Women's British Open 2 1 0 3 3 4 6 5
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 5 2 1 8 9 16 27 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (2009 British Open – 2013 LPGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2010 U.S. Open - 2011 LPGA)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2004 1 1 0 0 0 0 T33 n/a 71.50
2005 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 77.00
2006 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 76.00
2007 1 1 0 0 0 1 T6 64,909 n/a 69.00 n/a
2008 28 27 1 6 2 11 1 1,752,086 3 70.77 4
2009 27 26 1 3 0 14 1 1,293,755 7 70.44 5
2010 20 19 3 1 2 8 1 1,573,529 4 70.66 8
2011 22 21 7 2 1 14 1 2,921,713 1 69.66 1
2012 24 21 3 0 3 11 1 1,430,159 4 71.12 15
2013 23 17 0 1 1 4 2 405,068 38 71.71 35
2014 5 4 0 0 0 1 T5 63,439 31 71.94 56
  • official as of 5 April 2014[28]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2006 unranked [29]
2007 134 [30]
2008 2 [31]
2009 5 [32]
2010 5 [33]
2011 1 [34]
2012 1 [35]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tseng named GWAA Female Player of the Year". LPGA. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Elliot, Mick (26 March 2012). "Players to watch at LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship". ESPN. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Stacy Lewis wins, now No. 1 in world". ESPN. Associated Press. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
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  6. ^ "Park tops 17 LPGA Tour qualifiers at Q-school". USA Today. Associated Press. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
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  10. ^ "3 Is a Magic Number for Yani Tseng". About.com. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Yani Tseng refused offer to become Chinese citizen". The China Post. 19 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Strege, John (18 September 2010). "Report: Tseng rejects $25 million Chinese offer". golfdigest.com. 
  13. ^ "Yani Tseng claims 5-shot Thailand win". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Tseng Wins L.P.G.A. Championship in a Runaway". The New York Times. Associated Press. 26 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Lewine, Mair (11 July 2011). "Yani Tseng makes history with fifth major win". ESPNW. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  16. ^ Sirak, Ron (31 July 2011). "Tseng continues her assault on the record books". Golf Digest. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Tseng wins fifth women's major". lfpress.com. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Commissioner Whan Congratulates Tseng at Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship". LPGA. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Criteria for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame". LPGA Tour. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  20. ^ Baldry, Beth Ann (15 December 2010). "Tseng offers emotional PoY acceptance speech". Golfweek. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  21. ^ Yoon, Peter (4 April 2010). "Yani Tseng gets major LPGA win at Mission Hills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  22. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People in the World: Yani Tseng". Time. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ya Ni takes Indian title in play-off". The Nation. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  24. ^ "Yani Tseng Rookie Blog One". LPGA. 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "Taifong Ladies Open 2010 Results". Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  26. ^ "Yani Tseng wins Taifong Ladies Open Golf". Focus Taiwan. Archived from the original on 3 February 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  27. ^ "2014 Taiwan LPGA Tour TAIFONG Ladies Open 24–26 Jan First Round Recap". TLPGA. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "Yani Tseng Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 26 December 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
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  34. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 27 December 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  35. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jiyai Shin
World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
14 February 2011 – 17 March 2013
Succeeded by
Stacy Lewis